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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. Join the club at NPR.org/pchh.More from Pop Culture Happy Hour »

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Food In Pop Culture And Back To College

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Kat Chow, and Gene Demby discuss many facets of food in pop culture, from cooking competition shows and luscious portrayals of food in movies. Then its time for a discussion about how films and movies get the college experience right and wrong. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Daredevil And Credulity

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Margaret H. Willison discuss the new Netflix superhero series Daredevil. Then they'll discuss credulity — specifically, how difficult it can be to enjoy a piece of pop culture when you know a lot about its subject. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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The Comedians and Cameos

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek discuss the new FX series The Comedians, starring Billy Crystal and Josh Gad. They'll discuss its relatives in the broader family of show business stories and backstage satire. Then they'll take a look at the briefest of acting triumphs: the cameo. From football players who are a little wooden to politicians who should have stayed in their offices, they'll chat about what cameos are and how they work. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy

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Small Batch: Wolf Hall

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Barrie Hardymon chat about the Hilary Mantel novel Wolf Hall and its adaptation, currently airing on PBS.

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Small Batch: Remembering Stan Freberg

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Stephen Thompson and Linda Holmes take a few minutes to remember pioneering satirist Stan Freberg.

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Small Batch: The March Madness Of Friends On Opposite Sides

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson find themselves on opposite sides of Monday night's NCAA men's basketball final. Things could get tense.

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt And Derivatives In Pop Culture

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Kat Chow discuss the new Tina Fey comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. They'll talk about it's extraordinary silliness, its employment of stereotypes, and that unforgettable theme music. Then they'll try to find the solution to the problem of when culture that's inspired by other work becomes what we derisively call "derivative," whether it's critters that look a lot like Hobbits or songs that sound like Iggy Pop. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Small Batch: Furious 7

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes talks with Chris Klimek about Furious 7, the latest movie in the Fast and the Furious franchise.

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SXSW Discoveries and Pop Culture Geography

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, are joined by PCHH newbie Katie Presley. Katie and Stephen share some of their favorite South by Southwest discoveries. Then the gang discusses pop culture geography and if it's important to accurately capture a sense of place. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: The X-Files Returns With Kumail Nanjiani

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, we talk to comedian, actor and podcaster Kumail Nanjiani about the return of The X-Files — a TV show about which he has a podcast.

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